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ORP understands that our employees are our most valuable asset and we strive to create an atmosphere that encourages creativity, collaboration and respect. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and the opportunity to grow your career. Apply today to join our team!

The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization engaged in large-scale oyster restoration, advancing oyster aquaculture, and promoting sustainable management of native oysters and other fishery stocks. ORP operates its shell recycling and processing facility in Cambridge, MD where it supports oyster restoration and aquaculture activities in partnership with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point laboratory.

ORP is seeking to hire a contractual employee to assist with daily operations at its shell recycling and processing facility in Cambridge, MD.

Specific duties will include:

  • Working as team to clean and prepare oyster shells for restoration
  • Operating or working in close proximity to machinery used to clean shell
  • Running or working in close proximity to heavy equipment such as flatbed trucks, bobcats, or forklifts
  • Manually shoveling, moving, and bagging oyster shell for restoration
  • Cleaning large water tanks during restoration activities
  • Participating in outreach and restoration activities

Essential Qualifications:

  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Ability to lift heavy objects
  • Ability to work in inclement weather conditions such as rain, heat, and high humidity
  • Ability to work shifts including early morning or late afternoon depending on project needs
  • Valid driver’s license
  • CDL a plus but not mandatory

Position Details and Benefits

The position is in-person, with 10-hour shifts, and will be part- or full-time hourly (20 to 40 hours/week) without benefits. Employment is contingent upon passing a drug and background screening. The hourly compensation is $16.50 – $18.50/ hour.

Application Instructions

Please apply by emailing
Dave King, Director of Field Operations
[email protected]

Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), the nonprofit expert in Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration, is seeking a summer intern to assist its Marketing & Partnerships department with two important awareness raising efforts about oysters’ ecological and economic benefits, and the importance of oyster shell recycling for Chesapeake Bay recovery. ORP is a true partnership combining tradition and science, food and industry, and ecology and economy, for a full-circle approach to restoring the health of Maryland’s waterways. Since its inception in 1994, ORP has planted ORP has planted over 11 billion oysters on more than 3,000 acres of reef and recycled over 300,000 bushels of shell thanks to the support of community, state-wide, and federal partners.  

The intern will work with ORP’s Events & Marketing Coordinator who will oversee their duties, including stakeholder outreach and engagement, website content writing, crafting social media posts, preparing promotional materials (e.g. signage and flyers), and more. The intern will assist with outreach efforts for two important campaigns:  

  • National Oyster Week (NOW), National Oyster Day is August 5th, 2024 - exact dates TBD. 
    A food holiday/awareness raising effort that encourages the public to eat oysters at restaurants that participate in ORP’s Shell Recycling Alliance, or purchase local aquaculture raised oysters and recycle the shell via ORP’s network of public drop sites.  
  • World is Your Oyster Festival (WIYO), Sept. 26, 2024: A festive “party with a purpose” designed to teach guests about the critical role oysters play in Chesapeake Bay recovery, ORP’s role in restoration efforts, and much more! WIYO is ORP’s main annual fundraising event. 


  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills  
  • Collaborative, creative-thinker with strong interpersonal skills 
  • Genuine enthusiasm for creating compelling marketing materials – experience with Canva a plus 
  • Ability to work well independently or as part of a team  
  • Self-starter who demonstrates good time management 
  • Firm grasp of social media tools and platforms including Facebook, Instagram, etc. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite or O365 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) 
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications a plus  
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • Strong interest in marketing/communications, nonprofit management, environmental science 

Internship Details:

Internship start and end dates are July 1, 2024 – September 30, 2024 (14 weeks). This is primarily a virtual internship with the occasional need for in-person work during peak events – candidate must be available to attend NOWeek events (as needed) in the MD-area August 5th and on-site for WIYO Sept 24, 25, and 26th. Ideally, the intern could commit 10-12 hours/week for the duration of the summer semester. Compensation is $15/hour. 

We invite applicants who are passionate about the Chesapeake Bay, professional, creative, strong writers, and eager to learn more about marketing and communications in the nonprofit sector.

For consideration, please send a resume, cover letter and writing samples (e.g. blog post, webpage content, etc):
Kaylee Fleury, Marketing & Events Coordinator
[email protected]
Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2024


ORP turns to commercial watermen for help moving shells, spat-on-shell, and other in-water work.  Watermen bring expertise and experience available nowhere else.  ORP frequently solicits watermen to bid on a wide variety of work, from short hauls to season-long contracts. See what opportunities currently exist below.